Stewart wins Sweetspot Classic at windy Longhirst

Stewart wins Sweetspot Classic at windy Longhirst

September 1st, 2012

Duncan Stewart finished two strokes under par to win the Sweetspot Classic after a blustery week at Longhirst Golf Club in Northumberland.

The Scotsman moves up to second on the PGA EuroPro Tour Order of Merit with just one tournament left before the season-ending Tour Championship.

It was a testing competition for the Tour golfers, with winds close to 30mph recorded on the opening day. Though they dropped slightly for the second round, the final 18 holes were again a struggle with winds sweeping across the Lakes Course.

Stewart (Grantown on Spey) shot a level-par final round to capitalise on James Ruth’s five-over-par 75, which saw him let slip a two-shot overnight lead to finish level par and second in the tournament.

Ruth started with three bogeys on his first four holes and a bogey at eight coupled with a double at nine saw him turn home one shot over par. He got back on track with birdies at 11, 12 and 14 but bogeys at 15 and 17 saw him lose the lead again. By the time he reached 18 he needed an eagle to force a play-off but was only able to par the last, handing a two-shot victory to Stewart.

The Scotsman began the day three shots behind Ruth and fell further behind when he bogeyed two and three. Birdies at seven and 11 took him level for the day and another bogey at 12 was quickly cancelled out by a three at the par-four 13th.

A bogey four at 15 saw him drop to one under par and a final birdie, on the 18th, took him two shots ahead of the field.

“I have been playing well and have had some good finishes so it is nice to get that win,” said Stewart.

“I made birdie at 13 to go back to two under and felt I had a real chance then. When I holed the putt on the last I knew that meant James Ruth needed an eagle to finish, but stranger things have happened so I was relieved when he made par!

“I had a really nice little putt for a birdie on the seventh and I had a bit of luck on the 11th for another birdie, so that was sort of a turning point.

“The wind made it difficult but my mentality from the start of the week was to get my head down and accept that a loose shot would probably end up in the water, but that would be the same for everybody. I just got my head down and accepted it would be a difficult week and a bit of a battle but I wanted to make sure I had the right attitude.”

James Watts (The Sports Academy) and Nick James (Wenvoe Castle Golf Club) finished tied third on one over par.

The final event of the main tour season takes place at Hunley Hall in Yorkshire and begins on Wednesday, September 12.

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